2015 brings new proposals to encroach on cigar rights

 

At the beginning of every year, state legislatures convene to discuss legislation for the rest of the year. Many of the introduced bills directly affect consumers, manufacturers and retailers of premium cigars.

A number of the bills threaten to further restrict smoking rights.

There are smoking bans and ban extensions being considered in the following states: Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Tax increases are on the table in Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

In Oregon, legislators are considering prohibition on the imposition of local taxes on tobacco products.

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Meanwhile, other proposals offer hope for reduced government intervention in your humidor.

The definition of a premium or large cigar, as well as the tax cap, is being discussed in Hawaii.

In Washington and Nebraska, the issue of licensure for premium cigars and premium bars is also a key issue.

Finally, West Virginia has proposed a bill that allows only elected officials to regulate the use of Tobacco.

Visit the Cigar Rights of America legislation page to find proposals that affect your area and contact your lawmakers urging them to protect your right to enjoy premium cigars.